The hosts of the Capital City Bourbon Show are thrilled to be teaming up with the gentlemen at the original Market Square Liquors in Tallahassee to offer monthly whiskey picks! Each month, Jon and I will each be selecting a bottle of whiskey to feature on this page. These picks may be barrel picks from Market Square, special releases, or just standard releases that we happen to be enjoying at the time. During that month, you can find these bottles at a special location inside Market Square Liquors at 1415 Timberlane Road in Tallahassee. Just look for the Capital City Bourbon sign and check out our monthly picks!
Luke’s Pick: MSL Woodford Reserve the Four Musketeers
What happens when only four members of the barrel team show up for a barrel pick, but all four members agree that Woodford gave you one damn fine barrel of whiskey? Well, you take that barrel and name it accordingly!
This Woodford single barrel is particularly unique and departs from the typical sweet Woodford profile that many of us know and some of us love. There is plenty of that classic Woodford vanilla and sweetness present, especially on the nose, but this barrel picked up a particularly spicy characteristic that really sets it apart from all the other barrels we tasted. This barrel is also heavier on the oak, which balances nicely with the spice and makes this pick a little bit more challenging on the palate. I’ve also found that this barrel works nicely in some cocktails that I would usually prefer with a rye character or a heavier oak presence, like a Manhattan.
Jon’s Pick: Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey 101 is an easy choice for my first Capital City Bourbon feature. You won’t find a more balanced and complete bourbon for twice the price. I’ve tasted it side-by-side with other bourbons many times. It never fails to rate at or near the top.
Wild Turkey 101 hits all the right notes and it presents as a bourbon at it’s peak of maturity. I enjoy it neat as a sipper with a perfectly complimenting Luxardo cherry. Ahhh, but there’s more! It finishes long and warm. Enjoy!